Inver Grove Heights female cancer survivor first to finish the fifth annual Hope in Motion 5K

submitted photo • Joanna Cheyka, right, finished first among the top 5K cancer survivor finishers during a recent 5K.

Joanna Cheyka, Inver Grove Heights, was the first female cancer survivor to finish the fifth annual Hope in Motion 5K earlier this month with a time of 23:46. 

More than 700 cancer survivors and their families, friends, caregivers, and health care professionals participated in the fifth annual Hope in Motion 5K and Family Walk yesterday, to celebrate life with fellow survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and remember those who have passed. Held annually on National Cancer Survivors Day, Hope in Motion honors survivors of all types of cancer at all stages of the cancer journey — whether they were diagnosed recently or have been cancer free for decades.  

Hope in Motion, the signature annual event for Minnesota Oncology, raised more than $40,000 for Angel Foundation, a Minnesota nonprofit that provides adults in active cancer treatment and their families with financial assistance to pay for non-medical expenses such as rent, mortgage, food, fuel and utilities. Angel Foundation also provides education and support for families with children who are facing a parental or caregiver cancer diagnosis. Over the last five years, Hope in Motion has raised nearly $200,000 for Angel Foundation.

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